PHILADELPHIA – The Houston Cougar Women’s Basketball team extended its road winning streak to three games with a 99-75 win over Temple on Tuesday, inside McGonigle Hall.
Houston grabbed an early lead on a Jasmyne Harris layup just 15 seconds into the game after controlling the opening tip. Temple responded with a pair of free throws on their first possession, before Dorian Branch put the Cougars up 5-2 with Houston’s first 3-pointer of the game.
Houston pushed the lead to 10-6 after a bucket from Angela Harris and a 3-pointer from Jasmyne Harris, but the Owls would respond with a 4-0 run, capped by a pair of free throws from Mia Davis to tie the score at 10.
The Cougars would answer with a 13-2 run over the next 2:14 to open their first 10-point lead of the afternoon. The spurt opened with back-to-back 3-pointers from Serithia Hawkins and Jasmyne Harris, before a bucket from Temple’s Tanaya Atkinson. After Branch made 1-of-2 from the free throw line, Angela Harris and Jasmyne Harris would each knock down threes on back-to-back possessions to push the lead to 23-12 with 3:16 left in the quarter.
The Cougars would extend the lead to 12 two possessions later on another 3-pointer from Angela Harris, and the teams would trade buckets the remainder of the quarter, with Houston taking a 29-21 lead after one. The Cougars scored nine points each off points off turnovers and second chance points, and made 8-of-12 (66.7 percent) from beyond the 3-point line to take the early advantage.
The Cougars used a 5-0 run to open the second quarter on a bucket from Julia Blackshell-Fair and another triple from Angela Harris to extend the lead back to double-digits at 34-21, and the margin would never dip to single digits again.
Each team’s offense found its rhythm throughout the middle of the second quarter, with neither team able to slow the other down defensively. The Cougars used another 5-0 run on a layup and a free throw from Jasmyne Harris, as well as a layup from Hawkins, but the Cougars and Owls would trade buckets over the next five minutes, with the Cougars still holding a 15-point advantage at 54-39 with 1:43 remaining in the half.
The Cougars would extend their lead to the largest of the first half at 17, when Hawkins connected on a jumper to make the score 56-39. Temple responded with a couple of free throws the other way, before Hawkins scored again with just 28 seconds remaining to bring the score to 58-41 at the half.
Houston entered the locker room with 11 made 3-pointers in the first half and controlled the glass with nine offensive rebounds leading to 13 second-chance points.
Temple cut into the lead on a steal and a finish from Davis the other way to bring the deficit to 58-34 just a minute into the third quarter. But from there, The Cougars used a 6-0 run to take their first 20-point lead of the contest. Blackshell-Fair started the string with a 1-of-2 trip from the free throw line, before Dorian Branch connected on Houston’s 12th 3-pointer of the game, and Blackshell-Fair capped the run just 23 seconds later with a jumper off a Houston steal.
Temple would bring the lad back to 17 over its next two possessions, but the Cougars had another answer, this time to the tune of a 7-0 run. Myyah West opened the run with back-to-back layups, converting the old-fashioned, 3-point play on the latter, before Angela Harris drilled a 10-foot jumper to make the score 71-47 with 3:50 remaining in the quarter.
However, the Owls would respond with a 10-2 run of their own, to cut the lead back to 16 over the next 2:27. Lena Niang knocked down a 3-pointer to spark the spurt before Breanna Perry buried a pair of free throws to bring the score to 71-52. After a bucket from Octavia Barnes, Niang connected on another triple, which was followed by a jumper from Atkinson to cut the lead to 73-57.
Angela Harris connected on another old-fashioned 3-point play on the following possession however, and West knocked down another jumper just 34 seconds later, and the Cougars took a 78-58 lead into the final period. Houston changed its tune in the third quarter, going inside more, and outscoring the Owls 12-6 in the paint in the frame.
Houston again grabbed the first bucket of the quarter in the fourth, on a layup from Julia Blackshell-Fair just two seconds into the frame. After the two teams traded buckets, Temple would spark a big run to give them one final chance at a comeback. Deja Reynolds connected on a 3-pointer to start the run and cut the lead to 82-63, before Davis drilled a triple off a Houston turnover on the next possession.
Temple cut the lead to 14 on the next possession and after a 3-point play from Hawkins pushed the lead back to 17 at 85-68, Temple answered with a bucket from Davis and a 3-pointer from Atkinson to cut the deficit to 85-73 with 4:11 remaining.
Houston’s defense would clamp down over the final four minutes however, limiting the Owls to just two points down the stretch. The Cougars stopped the Temple run with a 3-point play from Jasmyne Harris, before Dorian Branch connected on the 13th three of the game, tying Houston’s program record and making the score 91-73.
Branch gave the Cougars the record on the following possession, and added another 3-pointer for good measure with 1:13 remaining as the Cougars took the contest 99-75.
Score: Houston 99, Temple 75
Date: Tuesday, January 16, 2018
Location: Houston, Texas | H&PE Arena
Houston was able to connect on a program-record 15 3-pointers in the game. After Temple used a 12-2 run to pull within 12 midway through the fourth quarter, the Cougars connected on 3-consecutive, 3-point buckets to extend the game out of reach.
Houston: The Cougars finished with four players in double figures including a game-high 29 points from sophomore Jasmyne Harris. Angela Harris tallied 24 points in the contest, while Dorian Branch added 16 and Serithia Hawkins finished with 12. Those four for Houston combined to make all 15 of Houston’s 3-pointers including five each from Branch and Angela Harris. Hawkins finished the game with a team-high eight rebounds, while Jasmyne Harris and Octavia Barnes each had six.
Temple: The Owls saw three players reach double figures in the contest, including Mia Davis and Tanaya Atkinson who tied for the team lead with 20. Emani Mayo finished the contest with 14 points, while Breanna Perry led Temple on the glass with seven rebounds.
NEWS AND NOTES
- The 99 points for the Cougars is the most for the team this season, and is the best scoring night since a 104-65 victory over North Texas on Dec. 5, 2009. The 99 points is the most for Houston in a conference game since a 99-81 victory at TCU on Jan. 17, 1996.
- With the victory over the Owls, the Cougars now have four wins in American Athletic Conference play, matching last year’s squad with their most since joining the league in 2013-14.
- Houston made a program-record 15 3-pointers in the contest, breaking the previous mark of 13 set earlier this year in a 79-75 victory over Texas Tech. The Cougars have made 153 3-pointers through 20 games this season, which ranks eighth all-time in school history, with 11 more games remaining on the schedule.
- With five 3-pointers made in the game, sophomore guard Angela Harris became just the ninth player in program history to make 100 3-pointers in their career.
- With four 3-pointers made against Temple, Jasmyne Harris now has 93 in her career, breaking a tie for 10th in program history with Tye Jackson (2005-08) who had 89.
- Serithia Hawkins pulled down three offensive rebounds in the contest, moving her into a tie for seventh on the all-time list at Houston. Hawkins pulls even with Stephanie Edwards who had 239 offensive boards from 1989-93.
- With 16 points in the game, sophomore Dorian Branch eclipsed the 300-point mark and now has 307 in her career.
- With 29 points in the contest, Jasmyne Harris recorded her 10th game of 20 or more points this season, and fifth in just six conference games. Harris is averaging 26.7 points per game since opening American play.
- With her 29 points, Harris eclipsed the 750-point mark and now has 761 in her career.
- Houston won the points in the paint battle 36-34 while winning points off turnovers 21-16 and the second chance points battle 15-4.
- The Cougars shot a season-best 57.7 percent from beyond the 3-point line in the contest.
- Houston entered the contest first in the American Athletic Conference with 12.0 steals per game, and the Cougars matched that number against the Owls.
- The victory for Houston was its first over the Owls in nine games since each team joined the American Athletic Conference.
UP NEXT FOR HOUSTON
The Cougars wrap up their 2-game road swing, when they meet ECU on Saturday, Jan. 20 at 4 p.m., in Greenville, N.C.
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